When you get an e-mail that asks you if you want to try out a peer to peer accommodation service, with no restrictions on destination, I would suspect that nine out of ten cats would meow a resounding yes.
In my case, the yes was very quickly followed by some excitable globe spinning, a review of my 2012 wish list, and the happy realisation that the world is a fabulously big place with plenty of exploration ahead.
This was then followed by the thought that what Vera and I really wanted for a short break was somewhere hot, not far from the beach, and within driving distance of our current French base. Ideally this would be an uncrowded affair, which is a bit of a stretch for a European summer, but hey. A boy can dream.